Released in February 2013

Book Reviews

Released in February 2013
"FAST MINDS delivers! A concise, practical, easy-to-read, yet sophisticated guide to what will help you most if you have ADHD. This book has the virtues of brevity and simplicity without losing the authority and power its roots in evidence and research provide. A superb book." Edward Hallowell, M.D., Co-author of Driven To Distraction
"FAST MINDS offers a fascinating and refreshing perspective on ADHD in adults that clearly explains the deficits in executive functioning, attention, and self-regulation that permeate this disorder and the serious impairments in numerous major life activities to which they can lead if left untreated. While few disorders seen in outpatient mental health centers are as or more impairing than ADHD in adults, few if any disorders are as treatable as this one. The authors provide an excellent set of recommendations for how people with adult ADHD can manage their difficulties and lead more successful and fulfilling lives. The information and recommendations for management provided here are well-grounded in the current science on the disorder and offer numerous ways in which adults with ADHD can better improve their personal, family, educational, work, andrecreational activities with sound approaches to treatment." Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Author of Taking Charge of Adult ADHD
A must-have for every person struggling to live a more organized life!! Understandable, full of practical tools and insights, and backed up by science. Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M. MCC, SCAC and Author, The Disorganized Mind
Chronic disorganization and distraction impacts the lives of millions. Fast Minds provides user-friendly ways for adults to develop tailor-made strategies for improving their quality of life. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD, Author, 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD and other guides
A great resource for adults with ADHD and their loved ones. This book offers clear, effective solution-focused strategies for dealing with the challenges of ADHD. I highly recommend it. Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., Co-author of ADD-friendly Ways to Organize your Life
Adults with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms will find a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and hope in Fast Minds. Doctors Surman & Bilkey are highly qualified experts who offer ideas and advice that can change lives." Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD Author, Find Your Focus Zone
This is one of the most innovative, comprehensive, and useful guides to the world of the ADHD adult. This should be read by anyone who thinks they have ADHD, ADHD traits, as well as their clinicians, teachers, and family members. Thank you Drs. Bilkey and Surman! Mark Stein Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Life-Span ADHD Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
Drs. Surman and Bilkey are esteemed experts in the field of adult ADHD and have teamed up and applied their vast experience helping thousands of patients to produce “Fast Minds,” a user-friendly guide to living well with ADHD. The authors crisply summarize cutting edge research on the effects of adult ADHD on daily life and put forth tried-and-true strategies for successful coping. “Fast Minds” is a 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week guidebook that adults with ADHD will find essential for navigating through life and reaching their goals. J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry Co-Director, Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
"Finally, somebody gets ADHD! Fast Minds offers readers a path from the despair of self-criticism to the sunlight of success. Practical, moving, with many real-life examples, this book helps adults with ADHD build the life they want! I really appreciated that each chapter had a section with practical suggestions for significant others to help those they care about who have Fast Minds. This book can make a difference and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all." Patricia Quinn, MD, Director Center for Girls and Women with ADHD, Washington, DC
Adults living with ADHD have a hard time organizing their lives. The symptoms in the title’s acronym: Forgetful, Achieving below potential, Stuck in a rut, Time challenged, Motivationally challenged, Impulsive, Novelty seeking, Distractible, Scattered; make it difficult to stay focused. The authors, physicians who specialize in the treatment of adult ADHD, offer a program to help. Using the latest research, which shows that the brains of people living with ADHD are structurally different, they explain the disorder and show how to become aware of the symptoms. They then provide tools to help those with ADHD create structure and organize their lives so that they can function effectively at home and at work and cope with potentially stressful events and changes. They use a variety of techniques, including medication, and show users how to track their symptoms and their progress. Cognitive and behavioral therapies, mindfulness meditation, coaching, exercise, nutrition, support groups and supplements may be useful. The authors also offer advice about telling family, friends, and colleagues about the disorder so that they will understand. This is a very useful book with sound, supportive advice. One caveat for librarians is the workbook section with blanks to fill in at the end. The excellent content and extensive bibliography make it a worthwhile addition to consumer health collections. Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA., Review in Consumer Connections (newsletter of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section – CAPHIS – of the Medical Library Association).